James A. de Haseth

James A. de Haseth


B.S.Chem., University of Illinois at Chicago 1972
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1977
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Tennessee 1978-1979


Jim started as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) in 1979, but accepted a position at the University of Georgia in 1983. He became a Professor of Chemistry in 1992. In addition, Jim has worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for summer research (1980) and spent fifteen months on sabbatical leave (2003-2004) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Agricultural Research Service. Jim retired from the University of Georgia in 2009 and is now an Emeritus Professor. He has consulted for instrument manufacturers, producers of accessories for spectrometers, chemical industry, and government agencies. Jim has also served as an expert witness in State and Federal courts.

Research and Areas of Expertise

Research has focused on a wide variety of topics, particularly with Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, chemometrics, spectral searching and identification, and separations (chromatography). Specific studies have been the design and implementation of chromatographic/infrared spectrometry interfaces; a high efficiency GC/FT-IR interface, a particle beam HPLC/FT-IR interface, and a capillary electrophoresis/FT-IR interface. A highly sensitive infrared fiber interface with mid-infrared spectrometry was developed for the measurement of the kinetics of polymer reactions and curing. The fibers have almost zero thermal mass and volume so they can measure reaction rates and mechanisms without perturbing the reaction. A new sample preparation device was developed for the measurement of solutes in extremely small volumes by attenuated total reflection (ATR). Solute masses of less than 1 nanogram could be measured routinely. Other mid-infrared studies have included vibrational circular dichroism (VCD), determination of the efficacy of enzyme treatments on textiles, and folding mechanisms of globular proteins. New algorithms for search systems, spectral processing, and chemometrics have also been developed.

Jim is the author of more than 150 articles, chapters, books and patents, as well as having presented hundreds of papers at scientific meetings. He is co-author of the book "Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry,", 2nd Edition, Peter R. Griffiths and James A. de Haseth, Wiley Interscience, 2007. For more than twenty years he has also been a lecturer at the Infrared Courses at Bowdoin where he lectures on the interpretation of infrared and Raman spectra, as well as gives lectures on several infrared methods. Jim has been giving short courses and workshops on infrared spectrometry for almost 30 years.

Professional Societies

Jim has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1974, a member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy since 1977, a member of the Coblentz Society since 1977, and a member of the Council on Near Infrard Spectroscopy since 2007. He has been the Membership Education Coordinator, and President (2007) of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and was Membership Chairman for the Coblentz Society (1980-1995). Jim has been active in a number of conferences; he has served as the Society for Applied Spectroscopy representative to the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Governing Board (2006-2009), was the General Chairman of the 11th International Conference on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (1997), and is the General Chairman of the 6th International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy, to be held in Sonoma, California, June, 2011.